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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

IN FLANDERS FIELDS AND OTHER POEMS by JOHN MACRAE

I can recall the thrill I felt when I first read "In Flanders Fields" in high school. The bad news is that the horrific war that inspired that poem-- World War I-- killed Dr. Macrae in January 1918 (pneumonia). The good news is that he wrote numerous other poems before his death-- and many of them are nearly as memorable as “In Flanders Fields.” For example, read “Isandlwana” (the site of a horrific massacre of British troops during the Zulu War of 1879):

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